Russia vs. South Korea: Live Player Ratings

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistJune 17, 2014

Russia and Korea Republic fought out a draw in Group H of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday, the last two teams to begin their adventure in Brazil.

At the break it was 0-0 between the two sides, with few opportunities being carved out at either end. Son Heung-Min missed the best chance for Korea, while Sergei Ignashevich's long-range free kick was as close as Russia have come.

Goalkeeping errors blighted the second 45 minutes and led to the two goals, as the match finished 1-1.

Russia Player Ratings

Russia half time analysis

Akinfeev: Has had nothing to do at all.

Eshchenko: Hasn't gotten forward quickly enough to provide any overlapping threat.

Ignashevich: Solid at the back and a thunderous free kick.

Berezutski: Troubled when players run straight at him.

Kombarov: Delivery disappointing from set plays. Not as attack-minded as usual.

Glushakov: Neat, controlled, unambitious.

Fayzulin: Needs to take the game by the scruff of the neck. Should make runs from deep.

Samedov: Has been in one or two promising positions but little exciting link play.

Shatov: In and out of the game but probably Russia's biggest threat with his movement.

Zhirkov: An onlooker. Wasted a good chance.

Kokorin: No service, little running, no chances.


Russia full time analysis

Akinfeev: Spilled two routine shots and got lucky with the rebounds—before paying the highest price of all at the third time of asking.

Eshchenko: Was too easily beaten at times down the channel.

Ignashevich: Largely untroubled but too slow with his passing into midfield.

Berezutski: Similar to his partner, one should have been more pro-active.

Kombarov: Came to life at times after the break, one long-range shot.

Glushakov: Not his best game, subbed.

Fayzulin: Didn't really create enough from deep but passed the ball about nicely.

Samedov: Not enough from a key attacker in the end.

Shatov: Replaced before the hour.

Zhirkov: Poor throughout and replaced.

Kokorin: Had half-chances, worked hard, more required.

Dzagoev: Helped raise the tempo and carried the ball well.

Kerzhakov: Super-sub with his goal.

Denisov: Should really be in the side from the start.


Korea Republic Player Ratings
Jung Sung-Ryong75
Lee Yong66
Kim Young-Gwon66
Hong Jeong-Ho77
Yun Suk-Young66
Han Kook-Young65
Ki Sung-Yueng78
Koo Ja-Cheol78
Lee Chung-Yong66
Son Heung-Min55
Park Chu-Young55
Lee Keun-Hon/a7
Hwan Seok-Hon/a6
Kim Bo-Kyungn/a6

Korea Republic half time analysis

Jung SR: Made one good save but untroubled in the main.

Lee Y: Solid if unspectacular.

Hong JH: Has marked Kokorin well.

Kim YG: One error in clearing but untroubled otherwise.

Yun SY: Hasn't really supported going forward. Beaten on the outside twice.

Ki SY: Nice in possession but not aggressive or creative enough.

Han KY: The more aggressive of the midfield duo. Some nice touches.

Lee CY: Linked play nicely once or twice. Not involved enough.

Koo JC: Korea's most impressive performer so far, trying to make things happen.

Son HM: Wasted the best chance, booked and generally things aren't coming off for him yet.

Park CY: No service or time on the ball.


Korea Republic full time analysis

Jung SR: Howler for the equaliser. Dodgy at times throughout.

Lee Y: Did well defensively.

Hong JH: Played well and closed down opponents, subbed later on.

Kim YG: Hit a good free kick and nice in possession, could have been more aggressive defensively.

Yun SY: Steady but lost his man cutting infield.

Ki SY: One of the better players in possession.

Han KY: Didn't offer much second half, subbed.

Lee CY: Faded second half.

Koo JC: Korea's best player but drifted out the game when Russia took over.

Son HM: Exciting to watch and good movement but no end product.

Park CY: Subbed early on.

Lee KH: Speculative effort rewarded with a goal.

Hwang SH: Shored things up defensively.

Kim BK: No time.


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